It’s the sad state of MMA journalism today that Wanderlei Silva’s side of the story only came out on his own website. The UFC has spent the past two days performing what MMANews.com described as a ‘bury-job’, terminology normally applied to pro wrestling. But I don’t disagree with the assessment. Between Kevin Iole’s fluff peice and the companion piece off the UFC’s own website, the UFC is busy building up the appearance that Wanderlei Silva has ducked Chuck. Well, here’s what Silva had to say about that:
“I received a contract with two options, I could fight in September or November. I have chosen to make this fight in November. I was the first to want this fight, but they kept avoiding this fight. Now there’s a lot of people saying that I have ducked Chuck. This is not true.”
According to Silva, the timing for the fight to take place in September did not work for him. He explained, “I am in a moment of transition in my life. I’m going to move to the U.S. in a few weeks. I’m going to live in the U.S. and there’s a lot of things happening, and I’m not focused on training the way I want to be. I always fought at the time the promoters wanted. Sometimes I did things I should not have done, but this time I won’t do that anymore.”
This just blows my mind. What the hell is the UFC up to? Are they just trying to hype the match up and stir some fresh drama between these two guys? It’s not like they don’t have financial incentive to … I’m sure SpikeTV pays a pretty penny for those ‘Bad Blood’ specials.
The thing that pisses me off about this is how much it does come off like a pro wrestling angle. The UFC goes out and manufactures this drama, they distort the facts and they use the media to try and create a false story. All of a sudden I now have to second guess every single word that comes out of Dana White’s mouth because it might just be some bullshit to help his marketer’s sales pitch. Now I have no clue if the fight is really off for good, or it’s just more hyperbole. Fuck this shit.
This kind of crap honestly doesn’t belong in MMA and I really hope someone asks some very difficult questions to Dana White at the next press conference.
It’s supposed to be the fighters who plan on doing outrageous shit that will piss off promoters and burn bridges forever. The manager’s job is to calm them down and smooth over issues with both parties. Or maybe it’s not, I dunno. Because Nick Diaz’s manager Cesar Gracie was planning on essentially torpedoing Nick’s career and the career of all his roster.
Here’s the scoop: Nick Diaz was released from his Pride contract because Zuffa refuses to deal in non-exclusive contracts. Cesar Gracie wrote a post on his website saying he was going to post up private emails regarding the deal:
In our opinion this ouster had everything to do with Nick’s participation in the EliteXC organization and nothing to do with Zuffa’s technical grounds. Everyday this week we will post corresponding emails and let you the reader be the ultimate judge.
Wow. No fucking shit the ouster had to do with Nick fighting for EliteXC. Do you think you’re Sherlock Holmes figuring this out? Do you think posting emails from Zuffa regarding this was going to do anything but entertain people like me and ruin your career?
Unfortunately, it looks like Cesar figured some of this shit out and won’t be posting the emails after all:
After careful consideration and a fruitful dialogue with the UFC, we have decided not to publish our corresponding emails. We look forward to working with Zuffa in the future for the betterment of the sport.
It’s too bad, really. I doubt Dana White and the gang are going to forget this hilarious little episode and work openly with Cesar Gracie in the future. There are several good fighters under Cesar who should be in the UFC but aren’t because the UFC already hated working with him. After this I can only imagine things will be worse.
BONUS! Cesar’s greatest drama hits:
Matt Hughes is once again banging the “I’ll move up to middleweight” drum:
“If Rich [Franklin] looses then I would move up and fight Anderson [Silva]. I would never fight Rich.”
If you’ll remember, Matt Hughes had talked about moving up in weight right after Anderson Silva dismantled Rich Franklin the first time. Back then it actually made sense … Hughes had just lost his welterweight belt and the middleweight division was really sore for title-shot talent. If Hughes had followed through the first time, it could have been him facing Silva instead of Marquardt last weekend.
However, the comment doesn’t make much sense now. Hughes is busy with the Ultimate Fighter season 6 and set to fight Matt Serra around the end of the year. There are now two pretty big ‘ifs’ in the way of Matt moving up: If Rich loses, and if Hughes loses to Serra. While I’m pretty sure the first one will happen, Hughes losing to Serra is out there in probability land next to “Me fucking Rachelle Leah” … in other words, slightly unlikely.
I do understand why Hughes didn’t move up the first time. Rich wanted another kick at the can, and Hughes didn’t want to look like a pussy running from the welterweight division. However, it would be interesting to see what happens to them both if they lose their respective matches. Is there a move up to light heavyweight for Franklin? He’s been looking pretty fucking miserable the past few fights, and maybe a hard cut and shitty diet have something to do with it. For Hughes, the middleweight title would be easier to hold on to than the welterweight belt.
I guess we’ll see.
Hey everyone, just a quick note … it’s gonna be a slow site today. Probably around 4-5 posts over the entire day. Just an FYI so you don’t think I’ve abandoned you.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Dana White doesn’t always tell the truth when he talks to the media. Often times he’ll say things to create a buzz. Other times he will say things to try and force negotiations through with fighters. In the case of telling Yahoo Sports the Wanderlei Silva fight is off, my bet is this is just the latest bit of hardballing that Dana White is doing to try and push the deal through. Let’s look at the two key bits in this article:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is scrambling for a main event for the company’s planned Sept. 22 show at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., after light heayweight Wanderlei Silva told UFC president Dana White through an intermediary that he did not want to fight Chuck Liddell.
But White said Wednesday he was told by a member of Silva’s Chute Box team that Silva did not want to fight Liddell. White said the deadline for having the fight made was Wednesday.
Lets see: the fight is off because a ‘member’ of Silva’s Chute Boxe team said Silva didn’t want to fight Chuck. How beleivable does that sound, especially since Silva has confirmed the fight on his website? And how fucking lax is it that the writer Kevin Iole didn’t flex his journalistic muscles (or awaken his journalistic integrity) and actually contact someone from Chute Boxe himself to confirm Dana White’s statement?
Dana White is basically using the Marty McFly attack: Call the guy a chicken, and see what happens. I’m just literally amazed that Kevin Iole is so far up Dana’s ass that he’ll just pass along whatever he’s told without doing even a little bit of research. Of course, I guess that’s the price you gotta pay to get your stupid fucking face on the Countdown shows, huh Kevin?
So Kevin … what about the post on Wanderlei Silva’s site which says he was ready to fight? What about contacting Chute Boxe and confirming Dana White’s statements? How about you stop being a fucking buttboy for the UFC and actually do some real reporting?